No-vertical-scar inferior pedicle breast reduction using the dermal suspension sling

Anthony Echo, Gerardo Guerra, Erik M. Wolfswinkel, William M. Weathers, Eser Yuksel

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Background: The authors previously presented favorable outcomes with the use of the horizontal dermal suspension sling and plication of the inferior pedicle in reduction mammaplasty surgical cases. We propose a modification to this technique tailored to patients with moderate to severe ptosis. The modification avoids the vertical scar inherent to the inverted T pattern. Methods: The surgical technique utilizes portions of the dermal suspension and plication technique previously described by the authors. Minor modifications were made to take advantage of the vertical excess of skin found in patients with moderate to severe macromastia and ptotic breasts. The modification leads to a superior skin flap that drapes the inferior pedicle and newly constructed breast mound, resulting in a single inframammary scar. Results: Thirty-eight women have undergone breast reduction using the vertical scarless inferior pedicle with horizontal dermal suspension and plication surgical technique. Breast projection and shape were sustained during follow-up with positive aesthetic results; the median follow-up time was 7 months. Conclusions: The modifications to our surgical technique allowed for an improved appearance in the postoperative breast scar and in the overall cosmetic outcome in patients who underwent large-volume breast reductions. Level of Evidence: IV, therapeutic study

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-28
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Plastic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Breast reduction
  • Dermal suspension sling
  • No-vertical-scar
  • Reduction mammoplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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